WAF’s Five for Friday – design on a dime, home repairs made simple, makeup savers…

Five fab finds we think you’ll like…

mineral saver 1. If you’re tired of your expensive Mineral Make-up spilling out of the sifter when you travel, then this simple foam insert with a plastic film on the bottom solves the problem. The Original Mineral Saver is compatible with most name brand minerals and prices start as low as $5.99. (Image: The Original Mineral Saver)

2. Design on a dime – Want to make some layout changes to a room or two, or three, but not sure where to start? With Floorplanner.com you can create a free home blueprint, drag and drop design elements like furniture and doors and save up to 5 designs in 2D and 3D.

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Kalin’s Chronicles: 10 essential packing tips for your next big adventure

j0430968 One of the biggest problems for travelers is carrying too much baggage. I remember the time I bought a HUGE suitcase to carry all my stuff for a 12-day trip to Italy. HUGE mistake! When I arrived in Rome, there were no skycaps and I had to drag that heavy suitcase around all by myself. Then the handle broke off and it really became a pain – especially carrying it up the stairs when the elevators where too small to get more than 2 people inside. And with the arrival of fees for checked baggage, my big suitcase made its final departure. Today with several airlines considering charging for carry-on baggage, I thought I’d give you some tips on packing light…

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My first unofficial, official gray hair

gray hair piedrastudios Rumor has it I have a gray hair. While official reports have the number as high as three, those reports can neither be confirmed nor denied on account of the fact that I refuse to confirm or deny them. The real story here is not that I “allegedly” have three gray hairs, it’s how I reacted when I realized I had them. And by realized I mean my sister pointing to my head and saying in her best outside voice, “girl, you have a gray hair!”

For years I prided myself on being one of those women for whom things like wrinkles, crow’s feet and gray hairs just did not matter. To me, they were all signs of wisdom and beauty.  And as a conscientious objector of today’s “youthification” movement that says women should immediately rid themselves of all signs of aging, I’d loudly declare that I was never going to color my grays. So…what’s up with my reaction to these darn grays? (photo credit: Piedrastudio)

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The 5 questions you’re still answering

j0385755 A few months ago we launched The Women at Forty Five Questions Challenge. We asked women at 40 to answer 5 questions that would help tell us about regrets, plans for our 40th and more. The catch – you had to answer in 3 words or less. The questions are:

  1. Most exciting thing you did/plan to do at forty?
  2. Biggest regret?
  3. The thing(s) you’re most proud of?
  4. The monkey on your back you can’t shake?
  5. Finish this sentence (ok, so technically it’s not a question) – If Three 6 Mafia can win an Oscar, I can…

And we’ve received dozen of answers ranging from “skydive naked” to “who the heck is Three 6 Mafia?” It’s been a while since we posted your responses. So here are a few of the most recent…

Mitsi

1. Most exciting thing you did/plan to do at forty? Be more authentic.
2. Biggest regret? Regrets are useless.
3. The thing(s) you’re most proud of? My sons.
4. The monkey on your back you can’t shake? Fear. Just fear.
5. Finish this sentence (ok, so technically it’s not a question) – If Three 6 Mafia can win an Oscar, I can… find happiness daily.

Melanie

1.Most exciting thing you did/plan to do at forty? Vegas on December 31
2.Biggest regret? not having more sex
3.The thing(s) you’re most proud of? my mind, independence
4.The monkey on your back you can’t shake? Ben & Jerry’s
5.Finish this sentence (ok, so technically it’s not a question) – If Three 6 Mafia can win an Oscar, I can . . . exercise more

Genesis

1.Most exciting thing you did/plan to do at forty? commit to style
2.Biggest regret? having one income
3.The thing(s) you’re most proud of? parenting well-rounded child
4.The monkey on your back you can’t shake? just being content
5.Finish this sentence (ok, so technically it’s not a question) – If Three 6 Mafia can win an Oscar, I can… find my passion

Theresa

Most exciting thing you did/plan to do at forty? I plan on graduating with my Master’s degree in my cap and gown.
Biggest regret? I actually don’t have any.
The thing(s) you’re most proud of? I am a self-made woman. I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and joined the Navy when I was 17 years old and found a wonderful career in the government. I am successful and respected in my field. It is my hard work and persistence that has paved the way for my success. I also lost 40 pounds last year and I am back at 125 lbs and looking fantastic.
The monkey on your back you can’t shake? I get depression and sometimes have low self esteem.
Finish this sentence (ok, so technically it’s not a question) – If Three 6 Mafia can win an Oscar, I can…
What the heck is three 6 mafia??????

To read all the comments, or to take the challenge yoursef, click here.

Beautiful imperfections, a little help from botox, and cougar conversations…

j0443862 Last week, women at 40 chimed in on beauty, embracing their imperfections, cosmetic surgery and cougars. Margaret wrote about rocking her little black dress with perfect posture, despite having a scar that runs from the back of her neck to the back of her waist. Lucinda admitted that while she doesn’t quite lover her imperfections, she’s gotten to an age where she just doesn’t care that much about them anymore. And Bea pointed out that some things that are considered “imperfections” in our culture are signs of beauty in others.

When it comes to going under the knife, according to our latest poll, 40% of you say that you’ll never do it. But most of you fell somewhere in between wanting a little lipo and a tummy tuck, to asking us to check in with you in a few more years. Some women even said that they’d already had work done. Fillers, botox and minor “body work” seemed to be ok for many. But most drew the line at face lifts or the types of extreme surgical procedures we’ve seen in the media of late.

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